I feel like I’m being a bit cheeky today as I’m nipping in with another post that I want you to join in with. My thinking was that if you’re out and about this weekend buying herb seeds then you could also pick up some seed potatoes and grow you own tatties!
Last year we grew three varieties of potatoes in bags, they are the ones you see above. If you have a limited amount of space then you may like to do this. Click here for a how – to.
But this year we’re going a bit larger and growing five varieties of potatoes in the raised beds in the paddock.
The five varieties of potatoes we are planting are Lady Christl, Kestrel, Desiree, Maris Piper and Charlotte.
- Lady Christl is a First Early (new potato) and is a waxy type. Great for Spring & early Summer salads.
- Kestral is a Second Early variety which will be ready to dig up around the month of July or we can lift them a tiny bit earlier if the Lady Christl have all been used.
- Desiree is what is known as a Maincrop potato. It is red skinned and is very good for using in cooking, with chips and potato wedges being a very popular way to use this potato. Great for bbq’s and cook out’s in the Summer.
- Maris Piper is another Maincrop potato and is the variety that I buy the most. I think it’s because I once heard Heston Blumenthal say that it was the best for all sorts of dishes. It is a floury potato and large. Great for baking and roasting.
- Charlotte is another salad potato and if you’re thinking of growing in bags then this is a great one to grow.
It is always a good idea to buy your seed potatoes from a reputable supplier or garden centre as they will usually be grown in conditions necessary to ensure that the seed is healthy and free from pests and diseases. Giving you the best possible results, which should be lots and lots of wonderful & tasty potatoes.
OK, first things first. When you have your seed potatoes in front of you it is best to ‘Chit’ them before they go in to the bag or the ground. To chit basically means that you are allowing the sprouts to grow a bit more before plunging them in the darkness of the soil. You’re giving them a head start and although it’s not essential to do this it does help a great deal.
Can you tell the sun was out yesterday when I took this picture?
Sorry, I’m getting distracted.
When you first purchase the potatoes it is likely you will see that the potatoes have very tiny little eyes / buds on them, the potatoes should be placed into a seed tray (or egg shells) with the buds facing upwards for them to chit. An example of a good chit is firm and green and one that will not knock off the potato easily.
Chitting conditions should be in a cool place but frost free with maximum available exposure to sunlight.
And as soon as they are ready to move on to the next stage I’ll write a further post explaining it all. I wanted to give you this head start for the weekend.
I can only urge you to grow your own potatoes. My dad grew them for us when we were younger and my one abiding memory of them is that they tasted so potatoey. I know that sounds a bit ridiculous but it’s true. They were so full of flavour that I think I was spoiled for anything else. They will also keep me in a great base for all the dishes I am currently making for the twins.
I was really pleased, REALLY pleased to see so many of you wanting to join me in growing herbs yesterday. I’d like to do it with you and we can chat about it in the comments section. So please feel free to join me in my potato journey also. I think that we’ll come up against some issues when growing them in the raised beds that we didn’t have when growing them in the bags. But we’ll see. It’s exciting all the same.
As the pictures of the potatoes were really kinda boring and dull I thought I’d leave you for the weekend with some scenes from my garden that I took this morning. I don’t meditate formally but when I was out this morning snapping away in the early morning with the grass making my feet wet I felt more alive than I had in ages. The air cleaned out my lungs and the quiet was good for my soul. Even if it was only for five minutes.
Do consider joining me and the others in growing herbs and potatoes this year.
It would be nice to do a post full of pictures of your successes. I’ll post them here on my website.
And perhaps we can share what we’ve cooked and eaten from what we’ve grown?
Maybe I’m getting ahead of myself.
But that would be nice I think. It’ll all feel less like me writing out in to a vacuum then.
Shall we plant, grow, cook and eat together? Then I’ll feel like I’m one step closer to having you all round for a garden party.
I love you, have a fantastic weekend and I’ll see you Monday.
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